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A variety of tools are available to schools, organizations and individuals interested in learning about the federal court system.

Federal courthouses are a popular destination for student field trips. Tours of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit are scheduled regularly January through May.

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan is home to the Historical Society Museum: The Court and Its History. The museum, which is the first of its kind in the country, chronicles the history of the Eastern District of Michigan, describes its growth, includes profiles of its most famous cases and provides biographical information on judicial officers. The museum is located on the 1st floor of the Theodore Levin United States Courthouse at the Lafayette Boulevard lobby entrance.

The Federal Judicial Center, as well as the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and other agencies have developed websites of interest as educational resources for schools, organizations and individuals seeking an understanding of the federal judicial system. The information includes sites for all ages.

Courthouse Tours


From January through May, the U.S. District Court in Detroit schedules tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for students in grades 5 through 12.

Student tours are generally led by attorneys and include a speaker from a law enforcement agency, observance of a court proceeding, and a tour of the Eastern District of Michigan historical courtroom.

The program which is sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, in conjunction with the judges of the Eastern District of Michigan, can accommodate up to 60 students per tour.

To schedule a tour of the Courthouse in Detroit, contact:

Barb Radke, Chambers of Honorable Mark A. Randon(313) 234-5541

Divisional Courthouses

Requests for tours of divisional court facilities are processed on an individual basis. To request a tour of a divisional court facility, please contact:

Ann Arbor
Chambers of Honorable John Corbett O'Meara(734)741-2106
Bay City
Suzanne Gammon, Chambers of Honorable Thomas L. Ludington(989) 894-8810
Clerk's Office(810) 341-7840
Port Huron
Marie Verlinde, Chambers of Honorable Lawrence P. Zatkoff(810) 984-3290

Websites of Interest

Understanding the Federal Courts

Publication providing an introduction to the federal judicial system, its organization and administration, and its relationship to the legislative and executive branches of the government.

Inside the Federal Courts

Interactive site developed for both employees of the Federal Judiciary and the public as an overview of the federal courts. Program includes a quiz for each section to test your understanding of material covered.

Federal Courts and What They Do

A pamphlet answering some of the most frequently asked questions by courthouse visitors.

History of the Federal Judiciary

Website developed by the Federal Judicial Center providing teachers and students resources on Courts of the Federal Judiciary, Teaching Judicial History: Notable Federal Trials, Talking Points on Judicial History, Historic Federal Courthouses, Judicial Administration, Landmark Judicial Legislation and Federal Court Historical Programs.

Inside the Courtroom

Interactive kids page developed by the U.S. Department of Justice outlining process from investigation to conclusion.

Kids.gov - Government

The official U.S. Government portal providing links for kids to learn more about different parts of our government, as well as some fun facts.

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